FOUR Filipino swimmers will see action in the 18th Fina World Swimming Championships in Gwanju, Korea which already started on Sunday and will end on July 28.
James Christian Deiparine and Nicole Oliva will return to the world championships after competing two years in Budapest, Hungary.
Joining them are Luke Michael Gebbie and Remedy Alexis Rule, who will represent the country for the first time in international competitions.
Deiparine, a Southeast Asian Games medalist, will be seeing action in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, while Oliva, who once competed in the Youth Olympics, will compete in the 200m, 400m, and 800m freestyle.
Gebbie is entered in the 50m and 100m freestyle, while Rule will plunge into action in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m and 200m butterfly.
The four will also compete in the mixed 4x100m freestyle and mixed 4x100m medley relays.
Oliva, Rule, and Gebbie made it to the world championships after hitting the Qualifying Times B (QTB). Deiparine was awarded a spot even after missing the QTB by 0.01 second in one of his events.
The team is coached by Sherwin Santiago.
“These four swimmers will be competing against the fastest swimmers in the world and I am extremely proud of everything they have done to get this far. Keep your head up high and believe that with grace, strength, discipline and determination all the training you've done will pay off soon,” said Philippine Swimming Inc. president Lailani Velasco, who will also attend the Fina Congress in Korea.